Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996, XI, 209 p.
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Until now decision-making has been studied in the fields of psychology, artificial intelligence, and economics - to name just a few - while neuroscientific research has paid only little attention to it. But now the importance of decision-making has become indisputable, especially in the context of reasoning processes that culminate in the personal and social decisions that define rationality. This book contains articles by leading researchers in experimental neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, neurochemistry, neurocomputation, experimental psychology, and philosophy, discussing the contributions made by these disciplines to the emerging field of neurobiology of decision-making.
Human Neuroanatomy Relevant to Decision-Making.- Morphological Correlations of Human and Monkey Frontal Lobe.- Frontal Lobe and the Cognitive Foundation of Behavioral Action.- Neural Mechanisms Supporting Successful Social Decisions in Simians.- Neural Basis of Decision in Perception and in the Control of Movement.- How the Basal Ganglia Make Decisions.- The Will of the Brain: Cerebral Correlates of Willful Acts.- Neuronal Models of Cognitive Functions Associated with the Prefrontal Cortex.- The Biological Causes of Irrationality.- Neuropsychological Approaches to Reasoning and Decision-Making.- Feeling Reasons.- Epilogue: Models of Decision-Making.